Robin Hutchings
Tips on memorizing kanji characters. (Any input appreciated)

I am Native when it comes to speaking in both Enhlish and Japanese, however when it come to reading or writing for Japanese Kanji characters, a lot of the time I do not know what something says because of all of the ways to read one single character, and the fact that there are so many of them. Currently I know about 350-400 characters and I can read maybe 1/2 of the kanji that I encounter everyday. I was wondering if anybody had any tips on memorizing kanji because it's just such a slow process And I need to be able to read 600 Kanji by July when I take the N2 JLPT exam. Thank you .

Mar 9, 2015 3:46 AM
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I recommend the book "Remembering the Kanji" by James H. Heisig.

Also, the most useful way to remember Japanese characters is the use of mnemnics. If you want to remember a Kanji character easily, you should think of how a Kanji character looks like (an oject or a person). Then, the next time you see the Kanji, you'll think, "oh, I remember this character, it looks like a house!" I hope that helps.

March 9, 2015
Robin Hutchings
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language